What is an Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is the process a library uses to request material from other libraries. The information on this page explains how to reach us for resources you have had trouble locating either in our online catalog databases or our journal databases.
Interlibrary Loan Request Forms
If you would like to request material, please use the following forms:
Borrowing Books from Other Libraries
Requesting books using Minerva and MaineCat is a form of ILL. The borrowing process begins when you click on Request this Item and finishes when you return the book to us. For instructions on how to request books in Minerva click here and in MaineCat click here.
Request material is sent to libraries via a van delivery service. *Delivery time will vary but your requested material should usually arrive in no more than a week, and sometimes sooner. When you books arrive, we notify you via you CMconnect (students) or CM email (faculty and staff).
If you cannot find a book in Minerva or MaineCat check out WorldCat. If you find a book in WorldCat that is not in CM's Library, Minerva or MaineCat, fill out this Request Book form and SUBMIT it to us. We will try to find a library that will lend us the book. *Delivery time may take two weeks or more.
Requesting Articles That Are Not Full in Text
Not all articles are full text in EBSCOHost or ProQuest Central. Most articles are not full text in ERIC, PubMed, or Google Scholar. What do you do if you find that perfect article, but it is not full text?
In EBSCOHost and ProQuest Central click on the “Request this article through interlibrary loan” link and fill in all of the starred * fields.
For articles from other resource that are not full text, fill in our “Article Request” form, above. Our Interlibrary Loan Coordinator will try to locate a library that will send it to us for free. If the article is found, we will contact you. If the article is received electronically, we will email it to you at your designated CM email address.